Friday Freebies: Hugo Boss Cologne, Textbook Rentals, Magazines, More!

Friday Freebies: TextbooksThis week's freebies are unbeatable. Where else can you find offers for cologne, textbook rentals, kid's books and more? If this doesn't put you in a happy place, what will?!

Get a free sample of cologne from BOSS when you fill out a simple request form. Look for the free sample link at the bottom of the page when you go to the page through the above link. Share your name, email, address, date of birth and phone number. You may opt into their email list or not. The free sample is for BOSS Bottled and BOSS Bottled Night. The BOSS site describes the Bottled scent as "dry and spicy" while Bottled Night is supposed to be "musky" with accents of vanilla and sandalwood. If you'd like your man to smell like either, request this free sample. Caveats: You must be at least 18 to receive this freebie. Expect your free cologne to arrive in a few weeks.Here's a hot way to launch a website -- with freebies. In the case of Neebo.com, a textbook rental and college-gear seller, the freebie is 100,000 textbook rentals. The catch: You pay for shipping. (To rent a basic biology textbook, 3-to-7-day shipping costs $8, second-day air costs $14 and next-day is $21. Return shipping is included.) To get the freebie:
  1. "Like" Neebo's Facebook fan page, then search for that textbook you're oh-so-interested in reading.
  2. Once you find it, click on the "check on stock" button, which should then change to read "rent for free."
  3. Fill out your billing and shipping info, plus share your school and estimated date of graduation.
The free rental is only for the term and must be returned by May 20, 2011. If you keep it longer, you'll pay fees. One free rental per person. Neebo says 11,000 of the freebies already are claimed, but with 89,000 more to go, your chance of getting in on the action are excellent. If you want to rent again through Neebo, you'll get 10% off. Other caveats: The free rental giveaway ends Jan. 31, 2011, or when the freebies run out. Make sure to read the rental contract carefully to avoid paying a fee on a late return. You must be at least 18 to get a free textbook rental.

StoryTimeForMe.com has 31 free children's books that the site "reads" aloud to your kid. I didn't have to download any software to listen to stories about Ben the Mouse, Fern the Fox or Flame the Dragon. No registration is required, either. You can just click on the story you want and listen! With titles like Pete Gives it a Try, Rob Goes Missing and Penny's Secret, it's clear that these free e-books are meant for youngsters. As an actor reads the story, the words are highlighted so kids can follow along. Large buttons along the bottom of the screen are "kid-sized," making it easy for little hands to go back a page or find another book. Adult readers in search of free e-books for their Kindle have plenty of options, too. I still prefer reading the old-fashioned way, with a hard copy in my hand, but I know others find e-reading easier than going to the library or bookstore.


Get a free pet safety kit from the ASPCA that includes a pet rescue window decal that tells emergency responders know how many pets are inside your home. Also in the kit is an animal poison control magnet with toll-free emergency numbers to call in case you pet eats something it shouldn't. Like grapes. They can be poisonous to dogs!

To get your free pet safety kit, share your name, email, address, and opt into two ASPCA email lists. (You can always unsubscribe later). The form also asks if you have any dogs, cats, or horses as pets.

Caveats: this freebie is only available to residents of the U.S. or Canada. It's unclear how long the supply of free pet safety kits will last. Expect your free pet safety kit to arrive in the mail a few weeks after you submit the request.

Snag a free pair of nail clippers when you Tweet about a website giving them away, Blippy.com. Blippy's tagline is "where people obsessively write reviews about everything they buy," so calling it a review site could be short sighted. I'm new to Blippy, but the site has more than 4,000 followers on Twitter and has been nominated for a TechCrunch award for the best social commerce app of 2010. After Tweeting, register at Blippy.com using your Facebook log in or register without it. Email your Blippy username, your Twitter username and mailing address to FREENAILCLIPPERS@BLIPPY.COM. Caveats: It's unclear how many free pairs of nail clippers this site is giving away or how long they will take to get to you via snail mail. Expect a few weeks at the least. One per address. Available to U.S. residents only.

It's not too late to get one free Valentine's Day card customized with your photo at Shutterfly with freebie code CARD4U. Ends Feb. 2, 2011. Choose from a 5"x7" greeting card or a 5"x5" or 5"x7" stationery greeting card. You have to pay taxes, shipping and handling.

This post was updated at 1:25 p.m. Friday Jan. 28 to include the deal from the ASPCA and to remove a deal for Elle Decor magazine that had sold out and a deal for free glasses that had expired.

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